Fire safety and prevention tips

Cooking is the #1 cause of residential fires in Ontario 

Many fire injuries and deaths are caused by:

  • Unattended cooking and distractions
  • Loose clothing and articles near the stove
  • Children playing near the stove
  • Attempting to extinguish a grease fire with water
  • Attempting to cook while under the influence of drugs and alcohol

Always make sure to:

  • Stay in the kitchen and pay attention when cooking
  • Drink responsibly when cooking
  • If a fire occurs, get out immediately and call 911

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Every home needs to have a working carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home. Here are some tips on how to remain safe from carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Install at least one CSA-6.19.01 approved carbon monoxide alarm outside bedrooms. For even better protection, install a CO alarm on every story.
  • Check the expiry date of existing CO alarms and replace any devices built before 2008. CO alarms need to be replaced every 7-10 years depending on the brand.
  • Have a licensed technician inspect your fuel burning appliances (eg: furnace, range, fireplace, water heater) annually, to ensure they are in proper working order and vented correctly.
  • For families with older parents/relatives, help them inspect their CO alarms.
  • Replace batteries in your CO alarm annually, or opt for models with 10 year sealed lithium batteries that never need to be changed.
  • In the event a CO alarm sounds, get everyone out of the house, stay out, and call 911! Exposure to CO reduces your ability to think clearly, so never delay if your alarm goes off and you sense a problem. Do not open windows.

Please see these links for further information: FAQ's, Letter from Fire Marshal and CO Alarm Regulations.

Only working smoke alarms save lives!

  • FACT: Smoke alarms can increase your chances of surviving a fire by 50%! Download our brochure to learn more.smoke alarm brochure cover
  • Ontario law requires that working smoke alarms be located on every story of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a ticket for $235 or a fine up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Change the battery in each smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector every six months or whenever the low-battery warning sounds
  • Vacuum the exterior of the smoke alarm using the soft bristle attachment on the vacuum cleaner
  • Replace smoke alarms that are more than ten years old
  • If a smoke alarm frequently goes off when you're cooking or using the shower, do NOT remove the battery or disconnect the power source. Try moving the smoke alarm, purchasing a smoke alarm with a hush feature, or replacing ionization alarms located near kitchens with photoelectric alarms
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing, testing & maintaining smoke alarms
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in household

For more information please visit the Office of the Fire Marshal.

Fireworks Safety

Follow these safety tips for a fun but safe family fireworks display. If you are planning a larger community fireworks display, you need to request permission for a special or significant event through Council.

Remember, fire prevention is everyone's responsibility! 

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